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Global Television Formats by Sharon Shahaf, Tasha Oren

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NZ IDOL

Nation Building Through FormatAdaptation

Joost de Bruin

Introduction

Three seasons of NZ Idol, the New Zealand adaptation of the global Idols format, were aired on public broadcaster TVNZ's channel TV2 in 2004, 2005 and 2006. The final episode of the first season was the most-watched television programme in New Zealand in 2004, with 1.4 million people, a third of the New Zealand population, tuning in (South Pacific Pictures, 2004). In terms of ratings NZ Idol has been one of the most successful locally made television programmes of the last decade. At first glance, NZ Idol has also been very successful in representing ethnic and cultural diversity. In the auditions phase of the show young New Zealanders of 16 years plus from a range ...

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